Wei-Lun Pan

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Wei-Lun Pan (Du Du)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 215 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Wei-Lun Pan has been a top pitcher in the Chinese Professional Baseball League since his rookie year of 2003. Through 2007, he is 67-35 with a 2.43 ERA.

He was 0-2 with a 1.17 ERA in the 2001 World Port Tournament; five of the six runs he allowed were unearned. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, Pan had a save and a 1.42 ERA in 3 games for Taiwan. He struck out 26 in 20 innings in the 2002 World University Championship, going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA; he led in strikeouts, five ahead of Alay Soler.

Pan was 13-8 with a 2.43 ERA for the Uni-President Lions in 2003, winning Rookie of the Year honors in the CPBL. He finished 4th in the league in ERA, but had the best mark of any Taiwan native. He was 4th with 139 strikeouts. He was on Taiwan's team for the 2003 Asian Championship; they won Silver and a spot in the 2004 Olympics. In 2004, he was 12-8 with a 2.14 ERA and again ranked 4th in ERA.

The 22-year-old right-hander starred for Taiwan in the 2004 Olympics, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. He tied Norberto Gonzalez for fifth in ERA and tied Hiroki Kuroda, Tsuyoshi Wada, Chris Oxspring, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Luis Borroto for second in wins, one behind Adiel Palma. Against the Dutch national team, he allowed just one hit (a solo homer by Eugene Kingsale) in six innings for a win. He allowed only a single and no runs in six innings for the win against the host Greek national team.

In 2005, Pan had a 12-8, 2.79 record. He fell to 7th in the CPBL in ERA. The next year, he went 14-9 with a 2.47 ERA, finishing 4th in the CPBL in wins. In the 2006 Taiwan Series, Pan got a no-decision in game one. In game four, he surrendered the losing home run to Chin-Feng Chen as the Lions got swept.

He also appeared with the Chinese Taipei national team in two major competitions. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, he got Taiwan's only win, throwing four shutout innings and striking out five while allowing two hits against the Chinese national team. He was 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA for the Bronze Medalist Taiwan entry in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup. He allowed one run in 7 2/3 IP in relief in a 12-inning comeback win against the South Korean national team. Du Du gave up 3 runs in 2 1/3 innings in a rough loss as the starter against the Italian national team. In the semifinals, he got the start against the mighty Cuban national team but allowed 8 hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings, fanning no one, in a 5-4 loss to Adiel Palma.

Pan was excellent in the 2007 CPBL season, going 16-2 with a 2.26 ERA. He led the CPBL in wins and was second to teammate Peter Munro in ERA and WHIP (1.16). A shoulder injury limited him to no more than six innings per game after mid-May. He still managed to reel off a CPBL-record 15-game winning streak. He once again struggled in the 2007 Taiwan Series, taking the team's first loss of the Series in game three and then being beaten again in game six. Once again, Chin-Feng Chen proved to be his postseason nemesis, with two homers and five RBI in the game six defeat. The Lions still won the Series, thanks to a fine effort from teammate Nelson Figueroa (3-0).

Pan missed the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament due to injury but Taiwan still won a spot in the 2008 Olympics.

Pan's winning streak from 2007-2008 reached 21 games before it was snapped on June 24, 2008.

Pan almost had a perfect game on July 10, 2008. He threw a no-hitter against the Chinatrust Whales for the 6th no-hitter in CPBL history. It was the first time a pitcher had a no-hitter and also walked none. An error by Kuo-Ching Kao cost him the perfect game. Pan was Taiwan's #2 hurler in the 2008 Olympics, with a 0.93 ERA; only Chih-Chia Chang was lower. Pan fanned 10 in 9 2/3 IP. He tossed shutout ball for over six innings in a start against the Chinese national team but relievers Fu-Te Ni, Chia-Jen Lo and Chien-Fu Yang combined to blow it in an upset loss.

On Opening Day, 2009, Pan allowed the 6,000th homer in CPBL history, a solo shot to Cheng-Min Peng but he gave up just one other hit and no other runs in six innings to get the win.

With a three-quarters delivery Pan throws a fastball in high-80s (tops out at 94 mph), cutter, change-up, curveball, and a slider. He is noted for his two-seam fastball which makes him an effective groundball pitcher.

Sources: 2004-2007 Baseball Almanacs, IBAF site, World Baseball Classic site, Player Page at Uni-President Lions site, KT Choi's CPBL Database, Taiwan Baseball Blog, Taipei Times on the winning streak record, 2008 Olympics